Raymond A. Comeau – Knox County Village Soup

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ROCKLAND – Raymond Arthur Comeau, 84, died Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport following multiple medical complications.

Born May 25, 1938 in Chelsea, Mass., to Joseph Arthur and Marie Regina (LeBlanc) Comeau, he was educated in local schools. After graduating from high school in 1956, he attended trade school in Boston to become a draftsman. He then went to Lincoln Technical Institute for two years, also in Boston, for mechanical engineering.

After his four years of business school, he enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard serving in the Army Corps of Engineers. Then, from 1956 to 1964, while still in school and serving in the National Guard, he worked at Tracerlab Inc. in Waltham Mass., then five years at ACE Electronics and ITEX Inc. From 1971 to 1978 , he worked at Teledyne TAC in Woburn, Massachusetts, and was enrolled in the National Association of Engine and Boat Manufacturers (NAEBM) Westlawn School of Yacht Design.

From 1978 to 1984, Ray was a freelance restaurateur of a restaurant in Church Point, Nova Scotia that could seat 250 people. Then, from 1984 to 1985, he worked for Gonzer Associates as a contractor for MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a designer. In 1985 Ray contracted with Raytheon Technologies through Lehigh Design as a designer and was hired as an employee in 1986. Ray retired from Raytheon in 2003 as a design engineer.

In 1967 Raymond married Marie Yvonne Blinn and they had three children, Robert, Jacqueline and Catherine.

Raymond and Marie retired to Rockland in 2004 to enjoy sailing, a hobby he picked up in 1976. He also started his other hobby of volunteering, something he learned from his mother. Ray has volunteered his time for many causes and organizations, such as St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen, as a host and usher at St. Bernard’s Church, he was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and he has volunteers at Special Olympics events. Ray was also a longtime member of the Kiwanis club, and as a Kiwanian he volunteered for many events including Kiwanis Bike Rodeos and tutored students for their GED. He also enjoyed being a host at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and helping out the local high school robotics team.

Another passion of Ray was music. He was a self-taught guitarist who played in bands to earn extra money and picked up several instruments over the years, including banjo, clarinet, oboe, ukulele, mandolin, and piano. He also enjoyed trying to hone his guitar skills at Midcoast Music Academy.

Predeceased by his parents and his brother, Norman, Ray is survived by his wife, Marie, of Rockland; his son, Robert Comeau and his wife, Sandra; his daughters, Jacqueline and Catherine Comeau; his grandchildren, Rebecca, Alex and John Comeau, and Jessie Cline.

Raymond was a wonderful father, grandfather, mentor and friend. His wishes to commemorate his existence would be to give your time to help your neighbor and to pay it to the next.

Visiting hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.

A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland with the Reverend Nathan March officiating.

For those unable to attend in person, Ray’s service will be webcast. To enter, go to bchfh.com, scroll to ‘Our Current Services’, click on Raymond’s obituary, click ‘Photos and Videos’, scroll down and click ‘Watch Webcast “.

To share a memory or condolences with Ray’s family, visit their memory book at bchfh.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.

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